I decided to no longer drink alcohol on February 14, 2016 and this past weekend I can comfortably say that I am secure in who I am and my decisions. Being sober has changed an exorbitant amount of my mind, body, and spirit. It may sound cliché but it is incredible what the universe gives when you are willing to put your foot down, dig in, and commit to change.
I enjoyed the weekend with my family and friends staying present in the moment, silently expressing gratitude for what I have. My mind was in the here and now during an evening bike ride and playground expedition, splashing in the lake, and waking up early to stand on the dock and cast my line out into the water.
Spending time by myself in the silence of the morning on the dock was my meditation. Fishing is incredibly therapeutic. I don’t need to catch anything, I’m not after that thrill. In fact, it is almost the opposite. Two small fish came up around the dock and I tried to entice them but they darted away. It’s all good, I got exactly what I came for.
My daughter and I watched Soul Surfer this weekend, the story of Bethany Hamilton who is a pro-surfer and lost her arm in a shark attack. Inspiration peaks when I least expect it and one of the neatest things about having a clearer mind now is I am much more intune and aware of how to take someone’s experience and place it in my own life to continue moving forward. Connections either faint or bold are incredible to have when wanting to better yourself.
I leave you with this quote from Bethany Hamilton that may inspire you, “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.”